Robert Dykes's past comments

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    Robert Dykes

    whoah. Can we back up a second. 78 atm transactions in per minute for 3 hours and that didn't ring any bells.

    My credit card has better fraud protection than that, you are telling me the ENTIRE 7-11 banking system doesnt have any thing to detect suspect activity (like 78 transactions a minute from multiple locations all pulling money out from SA)

    Posted in: Japan an alluring target for Standard Bank ATM thieves

  • 0

    Robert Dykes

    "They asked 30 people of a variety of ages and genders" LOL Not a statistically large enough sample size. Not to mention people as close as Osaka and Tokyo have totally different language use characteristics.

    Posted in: Say sayonara to 'sayonara' – 70% of Japanese don’t use this word for goodbye anymore

  • 2

    Robert Dykes

    "No problem , we all cheat ." huh?

    speak for yourself bud.

    Posted in: On the way out

  • 2

    Robert Dykes

    Don't hate on me... but I like instant ramen better than restaurant ramen. I don't eat either very often, but honestly I would take a cheesy curry Nissan cup noodle over Hachiban, Iwamotoya, Ramen Kagetsu, or the zillion other ramen places out there.

    Posted in: Japan's cup noodle binge is sign of the times

  • 5

    Robert Dykes

    Wow. I am starting to feel like a broken record always typing this same comment: The "sorry we got go caught" bow

    Posted in: So sorry

  • 7

    Robert Dykes

    NHK man, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Kuro Neko, JP-post, and Sagawa are the only people to have ever rung our door bell. Its safe to say I have honed my hearing to pick out the various sounds of the JP-post motorcycle and the opening/closing of the Kuro Neko and Sagawa truck doors.

    Posted in: Almost half of Japanese people hide when doorbell rings: survey

  • 0

    Robert Dykes

    And I will not be buying from Mitsubishi now.... oh wait! They didn't have any decent cars to being with. Never mind.

    Posted in: M'bishi Motors says mileage cheating may involve all models sold in Japan

  • 5

    Robert Dykes

    I love Japanese cars and borrowing from the words of Trump, I want to see Japan great again. But when companies like Takata and Mitsubishi knowingly pull this illegal nonsense I would gladly see them fold and either see a better company rise from the ashes or strengthen the other companies in the same industry. Japan is shrinking. This is fact and its okay, but it will not be able to support as many mega corporations. Mitsubishi folds, it will help out Honda, Toyota, and Subaru. Either way, this scandal will help out the sales of the other J-car companies.

    Posted in: Mitsubishi Motors has cash to weather scandal, but brand battered

  • 0

    Robert Dykes

    I think some of you need to understand when they talk about Lawson this has nothing to do with the stores I imagine. All the stores are franchises. In fact I have seen plenty of combin's owned and run solely by foreigners. My last neighborhood's Lawson was owned and run by a Japanese lady and her American husband. When they say Lawson hired more foreigners, they mean for Lawson HQ that deals with the brand and managing franchises.

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  • 2

    Robert Dykes

    Can someone explain why they don't give us four days in a row or all week? We have to work Monday and Friday. So no one at our university can go anywhere. The students are either faced with skipping class, which will impact their grades, or not go anywhere.

    Worse than "everyone doing the same thing" is having golden week split up like this. Talk about asinine. If not the j-gov then the school could just as easily do a little scedule magic and give the kids a whole week off.

    Posted in: Golden Week holiday rush begins

  • 0

    Robert Dykes

    @Yubaru yeah and salmon can be farm raised in a pinch.

    Posted in: Sushi alert: Grim outlook for bluefin tuna

  • 0

    Robert Dykes

    Good thing my favorite sushi fish is salmon :)

    The same thing is happening in the USA with many of the popular fish, BUT good things are coming of this. People are catching and cooking fish that was often overlooked. Chefs and cooks are getting creative. Ten years ago no one was selling trigger fish. Now its selling out. Maybe Japan will start eating stuff like catfish which they treat as garbage, but where I come from, its better than fried chicken!

    Posted in: Sushi alert: Grim outlook for bluefin tuna

  • 13

    Robert Dykes

    Its getting to the point where the low bow is getting meaningless.

    The only time you see it is when someone is caught, not when someone is sorry. Yet again someone did something maliciously.

    Scratch that. I am wrong. It is not meaningless.The low bow is taking on a new meaning: we willingly did something wrong that was selfish and we tried to hurt and steal from people and we were caught, and we are sorry we were caught.

    Posted in: Sorry about that

  • 2

    Robert Dykes

    You should try it with a little more adventure in your step. Slow down so you can enjoy the Japan that is slowly fading away. Buy a "seishun ju-hachi kippu" and see how far you can go. I did 10 days and saw 38 prefectures with just futsudensha. Read a lot of book. Saw a lot of small towns 99% of Japan never visits or see or stops at.

    We see all these articles and stories about "Japan's hidden gems". Well guess what. I can promise you the Shinkansen simply speeds by all these hidden gems so fast you won't even realize you past them.

    Do you need to get somewhere fast. Take a plane or bullet train. Do you actually want to do some adventuring, some REAL travel, actually experience the nooks and crannies of a Japan. Take the slow road.

    Posted in: Riding Japan’s bullet train network from one end to the other

  • 0

    Robert Dykes

    Okay, hear me out. This movie could be good. MAYBE. If its not the same overly dramatic soap opera lighting and camera work yet trying to be serious drivel like 99% of j-movies, they may actually have a winner here. It almost looks like they are trying to make another Godzilla movie along the lines of the 50s style Kaiju movies. Here is the thing. J-moves have ridiculously bad acting, directing, writing, yet they take everything seriously, like they don't realize how bad their movie(s) actually are. If Godzila doesn't take itself too seriously then it could be a good movie. Like we all know thats a dude in a costume again.. right? If The movie makers don't try to play that off as a serious special effects and everyone are not simply Jhonnys in full on soap opera mode, this movie could be fun.

    Posted in: Upcoming Godzilla movie to feature largest cast in Japanese film history

  • 5

    Robert Dykes

    15%?! Hold on a sec. I need to pack my bags and give my boss my letter of resignation. At 15% there better be some MAJOR increasing in standard of living in Japan. Basically every city and area outside of of the big cites is crumbling and falling away. 15% would benefit the banks, the politicians and maybe a dozen major cites in Japan with the other 75% of the population would suffer big time. Have any of you every truly visited Japan? Kyushu (south of Fukuoka), Shikoku, Hokkaido (minus Sapporo), Hokuriku, Tohoku, Chugoku area. They are ghost towns. Loosing jobs. Crumbling infrastructure. JR west (Chugoku area) hasn't been updated in 50 years. The lines, the trains, the train stations are all but crumbling. When I went on a futsu-densha journey I thought I was in a different country when I hit JR West area. We all know full and well that Japan is focused on its few growing cites. Osaka, Tokyo and Sapporo. Even Fukuoka is loosing people. Here is an idea: Kansai and Kanto can pay 15% and the rest of Japan can pay 5% in order to help stabilize those places. (Oh yeah, and the politicians making up these fairy tales ideas can pay 25% without being able to simply increase their pay)

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  • 0

    Robert Dykes

    "Cars don't just explode," well... no but this car happened to get into a violent accident and then rolled down a mountain. So I am not sure if the word "just" is really applicable here.

    And if you go to Japlonik they actually have a number of articles about exploding cars and why some cars explode and why most don't. But sadly some cars do explode little intensive.

    Posted in: 2 killed after car goes off road and explodes in Shimane

  • 0

    Robert Dykes

    I have to say that sentencing for murder seems to be ALL over the place. After a decade of reading headlines I have seen people get 7 years or life for nearly the identical crime.

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  • 0

    Robert Dykes

    When Apple announced the name of their new tablet, the iPad, the internet was rife with jokes and giggles. Apple stuck with it because people can grow up and deal with it.

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  • 1

    Robert Dykes

    Here is an idea: Why don't you test Uber cab service?

    Posted in: Tokyo to test taxi service with starting fares of Y460

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